About Us



Meet Our Team

Museum Manager
Netanja Waddell


Office Administrator
Lorraine Bell


Our Vision


The Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society will partner with other organizations to promote the cultural and economic development of our community. The collections, operations, and programs, along with our rejuvenated museum facility, will be consistent with the high standards and progressive approach expected of a community museum.

The Vision will be re-visited at least every five years to ensure that it remains appropriate for our capabilities and activities.

Board of Directors

Robert Orth – Treasurer

Robert is a retired Civil Engineer who was born in England and graduated from London University. He spent his early career building deepwater facilities in the UK, Saudi Arabia, East Africa and Polynesia. After obtaining a certification in Accounting from the London School of Economics he came to Canada in 1980 and has held Director positions at the University of Lethbridge, UBC and North Island College. His project management consulting company was responsible for the construction of a combined Theatre, Art Gallery and Museum for the City of Medicine Hat and a Library Information Centre for the University of Lethbridge. Since retiring he has served several terms as Treasurer for the Lethbridge Astronomy Society.

Graham Beard – Director

Graham is a retired high school biology teacher and has lived in Qualicum Beach since 1967 with his wife Tina. He is a passionate amateur paleontologist and community educator, and is president of the Vancouver Island Palaeontology and Museum Society.  Beyond the many tours he conducts in the Palaeontology gallery of the museum, Graham’s activities include teaching courses for Elder college and Vancouver Island University; providing monthly lectures to the public; and guiding field studies. Graham has co-authored a book about the region’s palaeontology, as well as many peer reviewed scientific articles.

He is also credited with the discovery of several new species and genera from the fossil record. He curates a fossil collection of over 20,000 specimens from the local region and beyond, attracting visitors from interested lay people to world renowned experts. Graham has won many awards for his civic contributions, and in 2017 was voted Citizen of the Year for Qualicum Beach.

William Recalma – Qualicum First Nations Liaison

William, (Bill) started his term on the QBH&MS board in November 2015. Bill was born in 1952 and has lived in the Qualicum are his entire life. He lived in Victoria for 19 years and returned home. He commercial fished for 25 years which ended in a fishing accident. He belongs to the Qualicum First Nation and was on the Band council for two terms in 1988. He
went to Sprott-Shaw College to become a care aid which he continues to do. He also instructs a young men’s group on Life Skills. He is eager to be a member of the Qualicum Beach Collection Committee and is looking forward to sharing his knowledge of the Qualicum area.

Nadine Landa – Director

Nadine has been an educator for more than 25 years working with preschoolers, elementary school, high school and university students.  As a teacher, she has taught in the classroom, developed curriculum and co-authored children’s stories. Along with her teaching partner, Deborah Youngson, she has worked on developing a comprehensive lesson planning system entitled Curriculinks, an easy to follow organization method for presenting curricuum.

Her organizational skills and experience in curriculum development were paramount in the formation and implementation of the We Can Be Friends program for the Canucks Autism Network, the signature charity of the NHL Vancouver Canucks. This involved the creation of multi-faceted age appropriate lesson plans that were well organized, easy to follow, all inclusive and allowed for teachers anywhere in the province to use this curriculum with ease. Children’s stories were developed along with learning props to further key concepts. Each lesson included teacher led instruction, student discussion and activities, a conclusion as well identifying the British Columbia Ministry of Education Prescribed Learning Outcomes. Nadine travelled across British Columbia speaking to teachers and implementing the program. By 2011, the We Can Be Friends program was in 110 schools in the province-wide reaching an estimated student population of 60,000.

Nadine was an integral part of the team that built the Language Revitalization Project for the Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre. This curriculum was designed for non-Kwakwala speakers to build their language skills through interactive and engaging lessons. Working collaboratively with members of the Klahoose First Nation, Nadine has co-created a series of children’s books that align with the Nation’s strategic priorities for language and cultural teachings. The primary purpose for the development of this material is to connect children in care with their culture although the application is certain to be broader. Vivid imagery and compelling stories will link the audience with their rich heritage and cultural traditions. Woven
into each page are a number of important words or concepts (colours, numbers, weather, animals) in Northern Coast Salish dialect as a means of language introduction. Games will
reinforce language acquisition.

Nadine continues her commitment to supporting students with special needs through mentorship. After years of working both with nonprofits developing curriculum and as a mentor, Nadine looks forward to combining her original path of study, historical geography of British Columbia, with curriculum development for the Qualicum Beach Museum.

Chris Lemphers – Past President

Chris is a graduate of Langara College, Dalhousie and UBC. He has extensive experience in working with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada in BC and Alberta. During his 36 years career, Chris practiced in Community Health, Nursing Education and latterly in Nursing Management. Over the last 6 years, Chris assisted the Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribal council Nursing programs in Nursing Management. Museums and valuing community heritage has always been an area of interest.

Cliff Craven – Director

His company Target Multi-Media Inc is an award winning communication company covering a broad scope of subject matter, including Museums, Educational, Marketing, & Economic Development. Museum projects include Royal BC Museum, Nk’ Mip Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, Qualicum Beach and Parksville Museums. Cliff has produced for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and APTN. Subject matter includes Shamans of the Amazon, Anacondas in Venezuela, Yukon’s hard rock miners, Wildland Fire Fighters and Legends of the Okanagan First Nation. Target’s various projects have involved theatre & exhibit design, mobile & internet interpretive solutions, and staging of large events.

April Steel – Secretary

April is a retired Certified Management Accountant with a background in financial reporting, revenue and tax accounting, financial policy and procedures and the development of financial systems in both the public and private sectors. April has had a long association with cultural organizations and recreational groups where she has held positions of Chair, Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and Founding Director.

Audrey Cope – Director

Audrey came to Qualicum Beach 30 years ago and raised her son in this beautiful village, and remembers many wonderful excursions to the museum with him. Audrey grew up in New Jersey and lived in Washington DC before marrying her Canadian husband and coming to Qualicum Beach. Her and her husband own a very busy aluminum boat design business and love boating when they have time. She was also involved in the travel business for many years. 

Chris Berndt – Director

Chris has lived in retirement, in Qualicum Beach since 2003. He grew up and raised his family in Calgary. He was involved in the Calgary construction industry, having worked in housing, renovations, and commercial projects.

David Ireland – Vice President

David is a retired Royal Canadian Navy naval combat systems engineer whose technical background and personal interests now find a fulfilling outlet in his wish to assist museum staff in realizing many of the design, construction, and maintenance projects they wish to progress.

Born and raised in Victoria, David’s family often vacationed in the Oceanside area, enjoying the local beaches, exploring the surrounding countryside, and camping (free of charge) at a number of locations now long since disappeared.

Prior to joining the Navy, David was employed in truck driving, commercial fishing, technical sales, government radio systems installations & maintenance and even as a baker’s assistant … which all contributed to a life-long curiosity, a willingness to assist, and a confidence to build or repair most anything that might be useful to the museum.

David also serves as President of the Mid Island Radio Association (MIRA), Vice-President of the Oceanside Community MakerSpace (OCMS), and as a member of the Oceanside Emergency Communications Team (OECT) … an organization devoted to providing emergency radio services when required by civil authorities, when disaster strikes.

Norm Whiteford – Director

Norm has extensive mangerial experience in both the Federal Government and private industry. He began as a Flight Service Specialist, and then licensed Air Traffic Controller with Transport Canada. He was managing the Whitehorse, Yukon Air Traffic Control Tower in 1996 when the Canadian Air Navigation System was privatised by Nav Canada. Norm continued with the new company and progressed into senior management, becoming General Manager Airport Operations – Pacific before taking early retirement in 2008. Norm has been volunteering at the museum for the past three years.

About Our Society

The QBH & MS was started through a grassroots movement in 1982, sparked by an initiative of Elizabeth Little (daughter of original pioneers) in an attempt to recognize the 100th anniversary of the granting of the first land title to Thomas Kinkade in 1884. The Society was then incorporated in 1984.

In search of a “fireproof” building to accommodate the group, the Township purchased a half-acre piece of land from BC Hydro in 1985 on which stood the original brick and steel Power House. This building, constructed in 1929 had housed the two British diesel engines which produced electricity for the Town and surrounding area until it went on grid in 1935. The “Power House” building, possibly the last of the early style Power House buildings, was restored and designated as a heritage building. This allowed the Society to start receiving artifacts. A Vivian Diesel Engine, similar to the one that served as the back-up generator in the Power House, was purchased from a BC Hydro facility located at Daisy Lake near Squamish and was restored by members of the Society. It is currently displayed within the Power House.

The collection of artefacts collected from and donated by the community grew and, needing more space in 1984, the Society purchased a similar two storey 1930 BC Hydro building that was then located in Port Alberni. Volunteers dismantled it brick by brick, and reconstructed it in Qualicum Beach adjacent to the original “Power House.” This building, known as the McIntosh Building, was opened as the Museum in 1994. That same year, Graham Beard, a noted local fossil collector and President of the Vancouver Island Palaeontology Society displayed part of his extensive personal collection in the Museum. Currently the main floor is dedicated to the Palaeontology Exhibit while the Social History displays occupy the second floor.

As the Museum lacked the appropriate space for archives, workshops and storage, the Annex was built in 2001 by community volunteers with donated materials. It now houses Accessioning and Archives as well as storage for many of the artifacts that cannot be displayed due to space limitations.

The planning and labour to establish the Museum land and present buildings has been accomplished through the hard work of its dedicated founders and subsequent members, who have given thousands of volunteer hours to accomplish their collective vision.

This vision involved other historical buildings in the community that would have been lost, but have been lovingly restored and now stand as touchstones to the past.

Museum Volunteers

The museum could not function without the dedicated volunteers who are active in many areas.  Volunteers help with archives and collections, museum reception, school programs, semi-annual ‘work bees’ and special events such as Children’s Museum Day and Tea at TOSH.